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Military said Wednesday it killed 40 insurgents and destroyed five of their hideouts in fresh air attacks as part of a major offensive against the Taliban in the north-west. Government began the long-awaited push to clear the bases from North Waziristan district, on the Afghan border, in June after a bloody attack on Karachi airport finally sank faltering peace talks with the rebels.

Pakistan stands at low level of 146 out of 187 countries in terms of Human Development Index (HDI) with staggering rate of poverty, high inequality and frequent natural disasters making millions of people vulnerable. The United National Development Programme (UNDP) report for 2014 launched here on Wednesday placed Pakistan HDI value for 2013 at 0.537, which is in the low human development category, positioning the country at 146 out of 187 countries and territories.
The city police have registered a case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, three federal ministers, Inspectors General of Police (IGPs) Islamabad, Punjab and Pakistan Railways for their alleged involvement in the killing of three Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers on August 30 due to heavy teargas shelling by riot police in the Red Zone of Islamabad.
Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT's) chief Dr Tahir ul Qadri on Wednesday said that prime minister Nawaz Sharif has no moral high ground to stay in his office. Addressing his party workers, he demanded immediate arrest of Nawaz Sharif and others nominated in the FIR following the directives of District and Sessions Judge Raja Jawad Abbas.
Rains and floods have destroyed as many as 30,512 houses - 16,974 in Punjab, 8,893 in Azad Kashmir and 4,845 in Gilgit-Baltistan. According to the data released by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), flooding caused serious damages to about 2,000 educational institutions across the country. A total of 318 people lost their lives - 241 in Punjab, 64 in Azad Kashmir and 13 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
The "world's factory" and the "world's back office" could together drive global economic growth, Chinese President Xi Jinping said as he began a rare visit to India on Wednesday, playing down mistrust that has long kept the Asian giants apart. India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, is determined to build closer relations with the world's second-largest economy, whose leader arrived on Modi's 64th birthday armed with pledges to invest billions of dollars in railways, industrial parks and roads.
The campaign for Scotland's independence referendum went down to the wire on Wednesday ahead of a knife-edge vote that will either see Scotland break away from the United Kingdom or gain sweeping new powers. The "Yes" and "No" camps mobilised thousands of volunteers to take to the streets across Scotland in a final push to win over undecided voters in a heated debate that has fired up Scots on both sides.


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